Tier 1 carrier AT&T, whose wireless network just a few years ago was criticized for being unreliable, is ready to handle the increasing traffic demands imposed by online video viewing.
With traditionally linear TV companies now at the point where they must invest significantly more in IP video delivery, and no clear monetization strategy yet gelling, investors want to know if TV is still a good bet. It is--if broadcasters and networks can wrap their heads around OTT delivery.
While conceding that Netflix and other SVOD companies are causing noticeable audience erosion for linear television, CBS research chief David Poltrack told a New York banking audience Monday that streaming is doing more good than harm for networks these days.
Despite the possibility of hitting a subscriber wall in the United States, Netflix is putting its focus on creating quality content to attract and retain viewers--both at home and abroad, according to Ted Sarandos, content chief for the SVOD provider. And that means premiering original content, either brand new series or movies, or a new season, every two and a half weeks on average--eventually.
DVR pioneer TiVo may be driving its product into the cable and satellite market, but it still sees retail sales, particularly of its new OTT-integrated Roamio DVR, as key to the company's business model.
It's not going to be big enough to worry about. That was the essential message put forth by Time Warner Inc. Chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes Thursday, while talking about Dish Network's new over-the-top venture at the Sanford Bernstein Strategic Decisions conference in New York
WWE began thinking about a bigger online presence more than three years ago, an idea that came to fruition as WWE Network, its hugely popular subscription video on demand and live streaming service. But the company's shift from pay-per-view to online has had a few challenges, Chief Strategy & Financial Officer George Barrios told investors.
AT&T's proposed $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV is not just about streamlining content costs and creating a platform for delivering video content to multiple screens. According to a top AT&T executive, the deal will also create synergies in advertising, set-top box development, billing and more.
DVR pioneer TiVo stands out in the burgeoning device space because its subscribers can get "everything" on a single device, CEO Tom Rogers told investors at a Miami conference, including online video content in the wake of TiVo's recent deals with cable operators including Suddenlink and Grande Communications to provide access to Netflix through their set-top boxes.
In today's spotlight, FierceOnlineVideo takes a look at how CBS CEO Les Moonves warned attendees at an investor conference that the network could launch its own online video platform if Aereo succeeds in defending copyright infringement lawsuits that have been filed by CBS and other broadcasters.